Just last week Canada and the UAE reached an agreement to increase the capacity between the two countries (read more here) and today Saudia made an announcement that they would suspend flights to Canada effective August 13, 2018.
Saudi Arabia didn’t like some comments that Canadian foreign minister made and decided to recall their ambassador from Ottawa and give Canadian ambassador to Riyadh 24 hours to leave the country.
Flight display result:
Here’s an excerpt from CTVNews (access their piece here):
The diplomatic gulf between the federal government and Saudi Arabia widened to encompass travel on Tuesday as the country’s state airline announced it was suspending operations in Canada.
A tweet from Saudia announced that its routes operating between the two countries would cease to function in a matter of days, marking the latest escalation in the spat that erupted over the weekend.
“All Saudia flights from/to Toronto, Canada will be suspended starting from 13 Aug 2018,” the airline wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.
Foreign minister had commented some human rights issue in Saudi Arabia that the young leader in the country apparently didn’t like and seems to have overreacted. Always easier to jail or silence your opponents in an absolute monarchy than in democratic society….
Let’s hope that the issue is resolved in due course and cooler heads prevail.